Well doesn’t that title sound like a pornographic flick? Sheesh.
Thursday afternoon I spontaneously packed a bag and headed west to Pasadena to catch Val Kilmer’s play ‘Citizen Twain’ at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Kilmer wrote and starred in this one man show about one of the most famous American writers to date. The piece showcases some of Twain’s best quotes and snippets of dialogue from his books “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “Tom Sawyer”.
The audience must keep in mind that Twain was a White man that lived in Missouri and both the aforementioned books were written in the late 1800’s and set along the Mississippi River in the southern part of the United States.
I say that because in the spirit of staying true to the character, Kilmer uses the word Nigger at least 7-8 times.
It didn’t bother me as much as it probably bothered the 98 percent White audience sitting around me. Not because I like the word, or use it, more because I understand the context of him using it and I’d rather someone be true to the art rather than fake it. Because it did happen and White people did use the word, willingly and freely especially when referring to what they considered their property.
Kilmer as Twain spoke directly to the audience and at one point asked them if they had ever used the word. No one raised their hand.
He called them all liars. <— One of my favorite parts of the show. LOL, sigh I know that sounds terrible…LOL.
The play was excellent, it was funny, dramatic and captivating. I never honestly paid much attention to his acting chops before, but Kilmer is a superb actor. I can only imagine writing something and then performing it, alone in front of hundreds of people. That takes a lot of self-confidence and true dedication to one’s craft.
If you’re an artist of any sort you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Kilmer said that he hopes to take it to Broadway and also make it into a film. I’m not sure what that looks like in his mind, however, I’m glad I saw it on stage first. I don’t know where it will be playing next but hopefully some of you will get the chance to this little piece of art.
So what does all this have to do with Venice Beach?
Well of course if the Soulcialite take a trip to California she has to stop at the beach. Every time I go I seem to visit a different beach, which is a good thing. This time I really wanted to see Venice. I had pictured in my mind the roller skates, live music and art being sold by long haired hippies who were still stuck in the 70’s.
What I got was roller skates, live music and art being sold by long-haired hippies stuck somewhere…and the best Indian cuisine I could have hoped for. There is a little hole in the wall (literally) on Westminster and Ocean that serves the best lamb curry I’ve ever had. Everything was fresh and made to order and I had enough left over for breakfast back in Vegas…and it was even better the next day.
I took a picture, but it didn’t come out. I guess I will have to go back, oh darn.
I did however get some great shots from around the city of L.A., Santa Monica and Pasadena. You can find them on my Facebook page and Instagram.
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